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Remote Philippine Island
A Biodiversity Hotspot

LiveScience, by Tia Ghose

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Posted By:beancounter, 2/9/2013 2:22:34 PM

A misty mountain range on the Philippine island of Luzon boasts more than 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, according to a new catalog of the region´s species. On the entire island, more than 150 reptile and amphibian species exist. The catalog, published Wednesday (Feb. 7) in the journal ZooKeys, is the first for the remote region, known as the Sierra Madre Mountains, which lies on the Northeastern portion of the island. The study reveals that the region may be a hidden hotspot for biodiversity. The study combined data from several extensive surveys done over the past years, as well

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I don´t know how an island with a population of 47 million people, including the 11th largest city in the world, can be considered "remote".

The Philippines has a history of using scientists to promote bigger government. In the Marcos era the scientists kept finding stone age tribes. Now they find new species of animals and plants.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball, 2/9/2013 2:49:55 PM     (No. 9167669)

Ooooooo biodiversity! Isn´t that worth about 2500$ an ounce? I headed to those hills!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 2/9/2013 3:26:59 PM     (No. 9167703)

I say turn the entire island into a huge tourist destination and if that won´t work then make it a nuclear weapon test range.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/9/2013 3:52:21 PM     (No. 9167734)

Wow! I´m surprised it hasn´t tipped over! /s

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kono, 2/9/2013 5:54:00 PM     (No. 9167855)

LiveScience -- proud purveyors of popular junk science for the 21st century...

Not a credible source of scientific analysis, as the majority of their ´discoveries´ are really still just speculation, and qualifiers are almost as numerous in their stories as punctuation marks.

It´s possible, some say, that LiveScience may evolve into a worthwhile source of stories that could turn out to have some truth in them. But as of now it seems they are content to bring tabloid reporting to science related stories.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mackrand, 2/9/2013 9:18:41 PM     (No. 9167981)

Every time a scientist discovers a new species a local will say, "Oh yeah, we had one of those for supper last night!"

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